This thread is inspired by an essay that mentioned the movie “The Gift.” It said (speaking of Giovanni Ribisi’s character) “in the movies, Southern character + working class = halfwit.” I half to give the essayist a lot of credit for pointing this out, since she works in Chicago. But it got me to thinking. What other easily identifiable characters are there in most movies? I’ve listed the few I could think of on short notice.
middle-aged married mother = sexually unfulfilled
young black man + urban environment = gang member
attractive female corporate executive = pushy bitch
white people + rural environment = ignorant hicks
attractive young male corporate executive = supercilious, overpromoted jerk
college student (any time or place) = crazy for sex
Of course there are movies that have exceptions to each of these, but I think they capture the majority of “Hollywood” films.